Chief Dan George was a friend of ours before he became famous as a movie actor. He was from the Burrard Reserve, but was an honourary Chief of the Squamish, just as my huband was.
He seemed to be related to everyone on the Burrard reserve! When his wife, Amy, died he needed to get away so he could let his emotions have free rein. Percy Paull phoned to see if it would be alright to bring him over to our place, and he stayed over night with us.
Ra’s band and some of our boys’ friends were there and they got Dan singing and enjoying being there. He pretended to run over Mickey with the motorcycle! This photo shows the Cowichan sweater that was presented to Mickey by the Paull family.
Amy’s funereal was from St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, and the place was packed.
Chief Dan was very sad, missing Amy. When Easter came he wouldn’t get out of bed. His Daughter, Marie, phoned and asked us to come over and see what we could do for him.
We were able to talk him into getting up, and going with us to our place for Easter Dinner. I remember driving over the Lions Gate Bridge at a very slow pace because of the jam up of traffic. People that were walking recognized him, and were waving and calling to him. It did help in bringing him “out of it”, at least for that day.